CBJ practice notebook: Oct. 9

Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 12:45 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

All the bags are packed, they're ready to go...isn't that how the song goes?

The Blue Jackets are about to take off and head to Buffalo for tomorrow's game against the Sabres, and it takes a bit to get used to this being just their third game of the season. We watched some teams played their fourth games last night, so the Jackets have some catching up to do.

But don't worry, the schedule starts to pick up next week and beyond. The Blue Jackets play eight of nine games at Nationwide Arena from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9, so there's some serious home cooking.

Part of their final prep for the Sabres took place in the OhioHealth Ice Haus this morning, a 45-minute skate that focused on some offensive-zone systematics and (you guessed it) special teams. Once again, all 23 players were present and accounted for but one of the two guys currently missing will draw back in tomorrow night.

Here's how the Blue Jackets skated this morning:

Atkinson - Dubinsky - Gaborik

Calvert - Anisimov - Comeau

Foligno - Johansen - Umberger

Jenner/Letestu - MacKenzie - Boll

Johnson - Prout

Murray - Wisniewski

Nikitin - Savard

Extra defense pair: Tyutin - Erixon

And, for today's updates from head coach Todd Richards:

- Tyutin will travel with the team to Buffalo but he's not going to play tomorrow night. Richards said Tyutin has been pushing to get back in, but the coaches and management feel it's best for Tyutin to get another practice in tomorrow (morning skate) and Friday, then be completely ready to on Saturday.

- Richards is looking forward to having Boll in the lineup, and mostly because of the high energy level he brings. That physical presence cannot be understated and Richards said Boll's expanded leadership role has made his return even more important.

- As for the Sabres, Richards expects them to once again be a desperate team. They lost at home last night to the Lightning in overtime and had some chances to win late, but couldn't convert. Buffalo is 0-3-1 but as Richards said, they have two big lines up front that can do some damage.

- With Boll back, the Blue Jackets have a decision to make: one forward needs to come out of the lineup tomorrow, but Richards said they will make that call either tonight or tomorrow after the morning skate.

We'll have more pre-game coverage leading up to tomorrow's game in Buffalo tonight and throughout game day, right here on BlueJackets.com.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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